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Recurring loud and unruly parties in west University area bring police patrols back for Memorial Day weekend

Jonah Brown
Table of solo cups and beer.

Police units from the City of Eugene and the University of Oregon are maintaining patrols around campus for this coming holiday weekend.

In recent weeks, loud and disruptive parties have resulted in over 130 citations and arrests for unruly behavior, including from some students’ parents.

Eugene Police Lieutenant Billy Halvorson told KLCC that their efforts will focus on the west University area. He says alcohol consumption has been a major factor in three previous incidents.

Citations being given at May 2022 party.

“They basically drained our entire staffing numbers to go deal with those incidents, and then we weren’t able to respond to other calls for service within the city," he said. "So by proactively getting these patrols set up, we can have extra officers in there, so that way it mitigates and hopefully doesn’t disrupt service to the rest of the city while we’re dealing with those issues in the west U area.”

Halvorson adds some students threw canned food or beer bottles at officers, or tried to interfere with their response. He advises people to keep celebrations low-key and respectful of neighbors.

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (19 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.